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  • Tackling infant mortality: the women behind the numbers

    24/02/2014

    According to the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) report from the London County Council for the year 1900, 158 babies out of every 1000 died before the age of one. As a result of such statistics, local authorities began to take… Continue reading

  • Cleaning up the ice cream triangle

    25/11/2013

    During the early 20th century the Medical Officers of Health (MOH) for the Metropolitan Borough of Finsbury made a concerted effort to reduce the risk of illness from contaminated ice cream. Dr George Newman was the MOH for the area and the… Continue reading

  • A new catalogue of paintings: Camden vol. 1

    13/11/2013

    One of the latest volumes published by the Public Catalogue Foundation is devoted to paintings located in the London Borough of Camden, including the paintings in the Wellcome Library. The Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) is a charity that, among other… Continue reading

  • Taking ‘London’s Pulse’

    28/10/2013

    We are pleased to announce the launch of London’s Pulse: Medical Officer of Health reports 1848-1972, a free online resource for the history of public health. This new website brings together more than 5500 annual reports covering the City of… Continue reading

  • By the banks of the New River

    20/09/2013

    With the current resurgence of interest in London’s lost rivers, there’s a case to be made that perhaps the capital’s most unknown waterway is actually hidden in plain sight. Whilst your Fleets, Tyburns and Effras have the occluded air of… Continue reading

  • Call for participants: testing the Medical Officer of Health reports website

    25/07/2013

    Interested in the public health history of London? Curious about quantifying disease? Enjoy having a chat about websites and how you might use them? We’re looking for 10 people to help us test a prototype of our JISC-funded London Medical… Continue reading

  • Item of the Month: Vivat!

    01/06/2013

    Marking the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II,  William Schupbach, Iconographic Collections Librarian, explores the local environs of the Wellcome Library, then and now.  The painting above shows Euston Road in London, 60 years ago, early in the… Continue reading

  • Happy Birthday, London Underground!

    09/01/2013

    On Saturday 10th January 1863, a few yards from where the Wellcome Library now stands, a short stretch of railway line was opened to the public.  Only a few miles long, running from the Great Western Railway’s Paddington terminus to… Continue reading

  • The Ruffian on the Stair: CSI Victorian London

    27/11/2012

    “In the midst of life, we are in death” – in the midst of the Library, right now, even more so.  Downstairs the Wellcome Collection’s exhibition “Death: a Self-Portrait” runs until 24th February, showing 300 objects from the Richard Harris… Continue reading

  • Dr Elma Brenner on Sick City Talks

    21/09/2012

    Sick City Talks are a new series of podcasts on the history, literature, art and science of medicine in London, devised by Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fellow, Dr Richard Barnett. The latest in the series, features Richard in conversation with Dr… Continue reading